PE at St Aldhelm’s Academy
“Intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong.” John F. Kennedy
The intention of Physical Education (PE) at St Aldhelm’s Academy is to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum that in turn; engages all students and promotes lifelong participation in sport and physical activity. The PE department strives to provide numerous opportunities for students to be involved in sport throughout their time at SAA.
Apart from the obvious health benefits PE brings, there are many other transferable skills to be learnt which allow students to develop in all area of their lives. PE lessons promote important concepts such as teamwork, fair play, etiquette and competition. These are all key skills and qualities that can be applied to other curriculum areas being studied and once embedded, can support students to become well rounded individuals. One of the department’s foci is building resilient and confident students and PE can absolutely do that. The curriculum design considers both SMSC themes and career opportunities which are integral to students understanding the deeper relevance of their learning in PE.
Across both key stages the PE offer ensures students experience a breadth of study from both individual and team sports. This allows students to develop a sense of personal best and competition as well as being able to work with others to achieve a common goal. The lessons are sequenced in a way which introduces the core skills, understanding of key rules, concepts and performance elements over a unit of work. The overarching ethos of all Core PE lessons is to encourage participation, promote engagement and support excellence to develop all round sports people and healthy individuals.
Key Stage 3 Core PE:
From the beginning of year 7 through to year 8 and 9, students learning is focussed on the development of fundamental skills which underpin both team and individual sports. During these years, students experience a wide range of activities under the following umbrellas; striking and fielding, team games, outdoor and adventurous activities (OAA), individual sports, leadership and achieving personal best. Learning is split into 6 week blocks which dedicates 9 hours of curriculum time to develop core skills in each sport. We are extremely fortunate to have fantastic facilities at the Academy to allow for a dynamic curriculum offer. Students have access to a state-of-the-art dance studio, trampoline centre, swimming pool, fitness suite, sports halls, outside hard courts and the field area.
By the end of key stage 3, students will have experienced a wide variety of sports and will have learnt the key skills that underpin each activity. Our hope is that students join after school extra-curricular clubs, represent the Academy in sports fixtures, choose sport as an option in their Enrichment time or better still, join an external team or club. Students overall fitness levels is sure to increase with the exposure to PE in the curriculum as well as the access to a range of extra-curricular clubs offered each day.
In KS3 every student has the opportunity to be a part of our annual PE residential trip to either the Brecon Beacons or Devon. Here, students have the chance to experience a whole range of land and water based outdoor adventurous activities in the great outdoors with their friends. This is a fantastic opportunity to try something new and one that all students attending talk about for many years after.
Key Stage 4 Core PE:
In key stage 4, the focus of Core PE shifts for most lessons to participation, fitness and enjoyment. Students are given the choice of learning through pathways, so the hones is more on the students to drive the curriculum design for their lessons. Activities such as time in the fitness suite, personal survival, ultimate frisbee, dodgeball and bootcamp are introduced to engage learners at a time when research has shown, participation can dip considerably. More emphasis is placed on participation through games development than learning basic skills and concepts. There is however, still a strand where students can participate in team sports and compete against their peers for those who enjoy the competitive edge to PE.
At St Aldhelm’s Academy, BTEC Sport is the examination-based course offered to students to study over two years. Learning is delivered through a series of practical and theoretical lessons and ensures students have the skills and understanding needed, to apply their knowledge to gain a Level 2 BTEC qualification. Students are given the opportunity to learn about different sports in depth, perform them and officiate them. A hugely successful part of the course is the leadership unit where students are supported to plan and deliver the Sports Hall Indoor Athletics Competition for our local primary schools. Here students gain invaluable leadership skills, build their personal confidence and resilience, which are all qualities that can be transferred to other aspects of their learning.
During their final year of studying the BTEC Award in Sport, students are prepared to continue their studies and progress onto a Level 3 Sport qualification or apply to study A Level Physical Education at a higher education institution. The course enthuses students to choose a career in a sporting field such as Physiotherapy, Education, Leisure, Coaching and many other pathways if they so wish.
Year 11 2020 – PE CHOICES